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Harissa hot sauce

Where to buy, best brands, usual cost.
Thanks!

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

I think the term is 'What ever the market will bear".
Or YMMV. Let's just hope we find the good stuff, and enjoy it at what ever price, where ever it exist. Chow down my friends, chow down.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

Off topic, just a tad, but bear with me:
For the month of June [Yeah winners may change every month, So July/August are next: diet limitations accepted]

Best smothered fried chicken:
Best smothered pork chops:
Best baby back Ribs:
Best white table cloth Saint Louis style ribs [No sauce]
Best straight up slab of ribs [No sauce]
Best grits w cheese [Not w shrimp]
Best Pork sandwich [Pulled or chopped]
Best Pit Beef
Best pit ham
Best grilled chicken [Pollo]
Best Fried chicken
Best Jerk chicken
Best Ox tail stew or soup
And Ok, Beef Brisket
Donno if goat fits the bill, but some enjoy a good roti every now and again.

Then we can really mess things up with best sandwich, not a burger, not deli.
Ok, best deli sandwich.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

Maybe it is an old school vs new comers deal, but to be honest nothing new was found in your link. And it is a nice, me too, link. Everything BBQ is getting better in this area to be sure. But, nothing is good all the time, nowhere. Honest. Read Steve's blurb?
I like DC Smokehouse, currently. But There are more BBQ styles not covered around the DMV area, so Texas style, the current rave, is ok for sure, but not worth $10+ for a sandwich. Baltimore pit beef, to me, when you can find a good one, is in the ball park. Way under $10 too. Snob Q is not traditional Q. Q is cheap talent, and when you can find it, worth the money, but a $10 sandwich......Drop dead, cook at home,

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

Yeah, in a perfect world. But IMHO, most food business's, depending on the situation, may shovel it out to avoid the loss. What does this guy/gal know, if brought up, simple, "Wow, sorry, must be an over site", then replace the order. Folks that like chow that know about this site just vote here. And yes, it just may be true, the help may not care so much. And it is hard to keep an eye on everything these days. Quality monitoring in business is great, at the start, then over time, it happens. Ben's chilli Bowl comes to mind, Good & handy go to, but not all that great when half smokes were sold on almost everywhere in DC. Now, today, well for some time now, that they are a tourist trap, not unlike Fisherman's Wharf in SF, YMMV when you visit. Tourist will eat anything. Pick your times to eat, hope for the best, and report any bad trends. If they know you will blog it,and others will read it, the better one's will stay on top of their offings. Think Ray's the Steaks, or Hell Burger. Others will ask you to stop holding up the line. Hint: There is no one stop shop for everything. Keep nibbling, noshing and reporting. The good stuff does not live anywhere all the time.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

Steve has it about right. no place has or does everything right.
And even what they usually do right, sometimes has an off day.
Keep searching, noshing, and let us know when things go right, and where, so we can enjoy too.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

What is 'best' depends on you. Going forward that means there will be those that share your taste, and those that think at first bite 'What was he, or she, thinking"? The trick is to figure out who's flavors, 'Taste', aligns with yours. We are all a bit different after all. That being said, YMMV after following up on some testimonials on food, period. To me, Hill Country / Fat Pete's although praised in media, are a tad over rated, as well as expensive for what you get. In my experience no one place is good at everything, and some days, are down right awfull at what they are good at. Go figure? BBQ done right, is a moment in time, and changes all the time, hit a spot when it is right, for you, and heaven opens up. Get some on an off moment, it happens....it sucks. Consistant quality, the holy grail, means human talent, or visit ranchise joints, computer programed ovens. Long story short, the best depends on your experience and taste. Enjoy what 'you' like, and share with like minded folks. We all do, but it takes time to find those to follow that share your 'taste'.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

I agree with ya 95% of the time, this time too.
DC Smokehouse blows Fat Pete's out of the water.
That hole in the wall does the job. Pete's has way more space, large dining room. But as far as brisket goes, Texas or any place else, DC SH knocks it out of the park, every time..What we got at Pete's, donno, over done mess. Maybe it was an off night Tuesday?

And yep Harris Teeter for sure for NC Q.
And a loaf of bread...Or rolls, your choice.

Donno if Beefalow Bob is still out there, but they are a close 2nd to Pioneer. or used to be anyway.

The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area, ranked

Ok, let's start by saying the Texas brisket seems to define the best BBQ in the DC/Baltimore area, for now. By the Washington Post anyway. And it is good at both of their first tier places. But what about the best pork Ribs, or pork shoulder sandwich?
Who has the best Ribs: regular, Saint Louis, and baby backs.
Yeah baby backs are different.
And pork shoulder sandwich!
Chopped or pulled?

Oh, if you know of a place that does beef ribs, or a great pit beef, chime in.

Union Market in NE DC

Chef's Choice, depending on what type of knife you use, work great on my knives.
Also I use the Trident ceramic tool to tune up the knives too.

Union Market in NE DC

I have been to both the old market, way back when, and the "Eastern" and "O" street markets too, say the 1950's/00's/ etc, and the new "Union" Market. The old were an adventure, with pluses and "not so good" visits, but part of the deal. And yep full of color and characters. The new 'Union" market is not quite the Ferry Building in SF, but a want to be tourist trap, too. The rest of the outside of the "Union" market area is rather more authentic and reasonable. Here is an idea, go to Baltimore to the Sunday only JFX market. We go @ 7/8 and 8 is late, AM to get the best of what is offered farmers market offerings. Plus there are lots of stuff to see and do along the way there and back. And almost no traffic. Yep some prices are a tad higher than your local Giant, or say, SuperFresh, but others are here only items and worth the trip. Did I say Super Fresh? Yes straight out of the ground.
Union Market is cool, if you like to be served food like on TV shows like Chopped etc go. If you like food, go to the Baltimore JFX market. And cook. Union Market: YMMV.

Schlotzsky's

Nope, just a good deli.

Schlotzsky's

Any one know of a place in the area like Schlotzsky's?
There used to be one in NW DC, but I think they moved.

DCity Smokehouse BBQ

Where can you park?

Has anyone tried the BBQ at Ardmore Carryout?

Love that menu, and the daily specials.

KFC ~ Bon Chon Etc

Asking others this place was suggested to try:
Cheogajip Chicken
Annandale, VA

KFC ~ Bon Chon Etc

Hounds I, my co workers, and friends have discovered and rant and rave over KFC. It is a bit different from your local Popeyes. But having started noshing at the Springfield Va location, then finding one in Rockville MD, and another in Ellicott City the quality and taste varies between them. To my taste Ellicott City hits the spot, as well as the Va location. The Soy Garlic and the Spicy wings rock. While stopping at the Rockville MD location different story. Disney style fare, the hot wings were tourist style no difference from the very mild soy garlic, both with a lot less garlic. That being said, are there other KFC type shops around to check out? I travel between Baltimore and almost Richmond.
Thanks!

Chaps Pit Beef - Not Impressed

Yep, after all these years, try Pioneer, or Beefalow Bob's
Or......Express Pit Beef off 170

KBQ

Find the Costco, it is across from the gas station.

KBQ

Nope, been twice since they were there.

From DC to Oahu for a week : June 12-18th

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Beach-comer?
And will get a car to move around.
So, if it is not wasting your time, feel free to recommend.

May 08, 2014
RobertM in Hawaii

From DC to Oahu for a week : June 12-18th

Would like to know a few good happy hour places to end the day.
Some good local chow places where locals can afford to eat.
Good Pho place. Or great food truck, or farm/flea markets
Notable breakfast places, and things not to miss while there chow wise.

Thanks!

May 08, 2014
RobertM in Hawaii

The Hot Shoppes Mighty Mo & Teen Twist are back...

Wow, they were darn good.

Mission BBQ - Glen Burnie

Wow, has KBQ gotten better?
They started our killer good, then turned into tasteless mush.

Niagara Fall Ontario Chow

Visiting for three days in early April. Need rec's for Fish & Chips, Pho, Sea Food, steaks, etc I know it is a tourist area, but as reasonable as possible and still great chow.

Chaps Pit Beef - Not Impressed

Once the weather calms down, heading up to Pioneer for a refresher classic pit beef.

What is special on trip from DC to Wilmington NC?

95 to 40.
Willing roam maybe 5 or 10 miles, but on the way back up the road, willing to drift home a different way. Noshing along the way before Superbowl Sunday

Jan 27, 2014
RobertM in Southeast

What is special on trip from DC to Wilmington NC?

Driving down to Wilmington NC for a family affair 1/31/14.
What is notable to pick up on the way back to DC, BBQ, or other chow goodies while Im down there. Breakfast, Pho, Lunch, diner joints.

Jan 27, 2014
RobertM in Southeast

Union Market in NE DC

Humm, next time I'm in the area I will have to check em out.

Union Market in NE DC

A. Littieri on Morse St., NE, yep a great place for quite a lot of food stuffs. The rest of Union market, IMHO, mostly a great clean stop for tourist, or those with lots of money. At least until a Whole Foods arrives.